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 A Muscatine church is set to be demolished later this summer and over the weekend, people got their last chance to see inside St. Mary Church. It was built 135 years ago and over the years, the floor that supported the faithful had no more strength to give.

"It's sad to come in here and think, well, 'we'll never be able to celebrate here or pray here the way we used to ever again,'" said Fr. Jason Crossen.

Last year, Fr. Crossen got the news that the supports under the sanctuary floor are rotting and can no longer hold the weight of a busy Sunday Mass.

"It did very much surprise me that it was in such a condition that we would actually have to close it immediately. That really did shock me," he added.

Baptisms, weddings and funerals that used to be held within these sacred walls are now being held at St. Mathias Church, just a few blocks away.

"All of the celebrations that occurred in this building, which touched so many lives, including my own," said Crossen.  
     
One last piece of the puzzle is St. Mary's original 1877 Pfeffer organ. Its historic keys, pedals, and pipes need a new home,  free to whomever can pay the estimated $25,000 to move it.

"We want to try to do everything we can to save that, maintain the integrity of that organ. But, if we can't find a home for it, we may have to look at salvage, which we really don't want to do," said Crossen.
 
The hope is that at least the church organ will find a home so that it's not and ending, but rather, a new beginning.

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